There’s an old Danish saying that it’s dangerous to make predictions, especially about the future. But being better informed about what’s happening in the present can go a long way to helping navigate, or at least keep moving in the right direction, in uncertain times. Organizations that partner with MIT Sloan Executive Education recognize the importance of understanding how technology driven business disruptions influence long-term strategy in virtually every industry. For family-owned businesses with a long tradition of doing things a certain way, the breakneck speed of technological change can feel especially disorienting. Disruption and change are shortening time horizons for all businesses, but family businesses have extra layers of complexity—the future success of the business is inseparable from the well-being of the family—and all the more reason to be better educated about the future.
We are excited to welcome John Davis, a renowned authority in the family enterprise field, to MIT Sloan and look forward to exploring in depth the issues and challenges of family ownership and sustaining multigenerational success.